Raghu Kumar & Lloyd Jodah in the ‘Interactive corner’ at Hit Wicket
From the first time he heard about the Hit Wicket – Sports/Food/Bar, in Cambridge, MA, American College Cricket President Lloyd Jodah has been a fan, and this past Saturday, he visited & met with the owner Shubha Ramesh Kumar’s husband – Raghu who is a cricketer & sports enthusiast.
“The place is cricket-themed in the manner that the Hard Rock Cafe is music-themed, or Planet Hollywood was movies-themed.” Jodah described. “But its also a hands-on place for cricket fans to teach their friends about the game. Apart from the matches on TV, there’s an “Interactive corner” where cricket bats, balls stumps, pad & gear are displayed so visitors can pick them up, learn about them and so on.
Raghu & Lloyd in the Interactive corner
Whilst there,it was exciting to see different patrons who know about cricket walk their American friends over to the “demo corner” & explain what was there. The interactive area will fascinate kids, as the staff is trained to demonstrate the gear.
The food is an eclectic mix of dishes from cricket-playing countries, such as Bangers & Mash, Aussie Meat Pie, curry and even the Menu is presented with a cricket theme : Appetizers are in the 20/20 section, whilst Light Entres are in the ODI & Entrees in the Test sections ! The Menu is displayed on minibats !
Jodah had the Aussie Meat Pie, “I’m an expert eater, kind of like the Rohan Kanhai of eaters, & I’ve eaten meat pies at a few different pubs & restaurants, the Hit Wicket’s pie was perfect to me. Be sure to try the 3 sauces, 511,711 & the hottest 911, they were great – a unique touch !”
But clearly Raghu is not just an investor in his wife’s restaurant, but a man who loves cricket, and wants others to learn, & know the game. He discussed ways to connect the curious with cricket, even beyond the sports bar.
International Teams Shirts on the wall
The partners are 2 couples and as the website says “Restauranteurs Shubha & Nada Heredia feature a unique blend of home cooked recipes and popular street food (their husbands – Raghu & Paul added a generous dash of sports frenzy).”
Jodah & Raghu discussed a range of subjects and agreed that American College Cricket and Hit Wicket will partner in promoting cricket; accordingly, Hit Wicket will show American College Cricket matches televised by TV Asia, beginning this October.
Since October 2011 TV Asia has televised 2 seasons of American College Cricket (24 matches) & the following Regional Championships presented by Coca Cola are the first part of the 2013 schedule :
1 –Ivy League Championship (Harvard, UPenn, Princeton,Cornell, Yale & to be played at the prestigious
Phiadelphia Cricket Club)
2 -North East (Boston U, Harvard, Rutgers & more)
3 – Mid Atlantic (National Champs UMBC,Virginia Tech,Penn State & more)
4 – South East (Embry Riddle, PEA, Auburn, South Alabama etc)
Other initiatives will follow. In addition, as TV Asia also broadcasts International Table Tennis & the Indian Badminton League games, look for those sports as well.
Other sports are also shown on the large screen TV’s : NFL & College football, Soccer, Aussie Rules, Baseball, Rugby etc.
The evolution of the cricket bat
Food & Drinks Menu